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#NewYearNewYou – Annual Checkups, Health Screenings

New Year – Annual Checkups, Health Screenings

Youa��re in good health. You physically feel fine.

No colds and other medical ailments to date.

So, why should you see a doctor and/or specialist for annual check-up, testings or screenings?A�

Getting annual check-ups, testings and/or screenings can inform, alert or provide insights of one’s health.A�Most people only have a test or screening if they have symptoms or risks factors. But in short, some medical issues come with little to no symptoms, while others can lay dormant and quiet for years without any precursors. For example, some common medical conditions including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes come with little to no signs or warnings, but usually made aware out of the result of another compromising factor.

However, other more pressing medical conditions such as HPV, skin & melanoma and cancers can linger for any duration of period within the body and without warnings.The key with managing these and many other diseases and conditions is to catch them early so they be managed and kept under control before they become serious threats to your health and well-being.

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Age, Gender & Extracurricular Factors Play Risks.

A lot of what happens during your annual physical will depend on your age, gender, medical history and risk factors. Your doctor will check the condition of your heart, lungs, circulatory system and auditory system. You may need blood tests as follow-up.

Are your immunizations up-to-date? Some vaccinations you had as a child may require boosters. Depending on your age, your doctor also may recommend you get vaccinated against shingles, hepatitis A and B, human papilloma virus and pneumonia.

If you were born between 1945 and 1965, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you be screened for Hepatitis C.

At your annual physical, your doctor also will check your height and weight and discuss lifestyle habits that can improve your health such as eating a heart-healthy diet and getting regular exercise.

Cancer Screenings are Vital.

In addition to your annual physical, it’s important you adhere to recommended cancer screenings for your age and gender. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has concluded there is not enough evidence to recommend for or against routine screening (total body examination by a doctor) to find skin cancers early for people who do not have a history of skin cancer and who do not have any suspicious moles or other spots. All others, report any unusual moles or changes in your skin to your doctor. Also talk to your doctor if you are at increased risk of skin cancer.

Each year more than a million people in the United States are diagnosed with the most common forms of skin cancer a�� basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma a�� which together are known as non-melanoma skin cancers. Fortunately there are ways to detect most non-melanoma skin cancers early, when they are curable.

Genital human papilloma virus (HPV) is a very common virus. Some doctors think ita��s almost as common as the cold virus. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that about 14 million people get a new HPV infection every year in the US. HPV vaccines can prevent infection with the types of HPV most likely to cause cancer and genital warts

  • – In women, the HPV test checks for the virus, not cell changes. The test can be done at the same time as the Pap test, with the same swab or a second swab. You wona��t notice a difference in your exam if you have both tests. A Pap test plus an HPV test (called co-testing) is the preferred way to find early cervical cancers or pre-cancers in women 30 and older.
  • The American Cancer Society recommends that women aged 30 to 65 have an HPV test with their Pap test (co-testing) every 5 years to test for cervical cancer. Talk to your healthcare provider about co- testing. Ita��s also OK to continue just to have Pap tests every 3 years.
  • – Men are encouraged to have a prostate-specific antigen blood test and digital rectal exam to look for early signs of prostate cancer.

Sexual Testing & STD/STI Screenings.

Young adults under 25 have the highest rates of STIs, but you can get an STI at any point of age. The most common STIs include chlamydia, gonorrhoea, herpes, syphilis and genital, anal, or penile warts.

According to a latest studies which states that the number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among the 50 to 70 age group have soared by 38% in the last three years.

STI is an infection that you get from another person during sexual activity. Often this means that the virus, parasite, or bacteria is living in your sexual partnera��s semen or vaginal fluid and gets into your body through your vagina, the urethra of your penis, your anus, or your mouth, but some are transmitted through skin to skin contact.

STIs only show up on the tests a few weeks after a potential incident. This is because these tests often arena��t looking for the virus or bacteria in your body. Instead, they search for the antibodies your immune system has created to fight off the invading infection. It takes your body a few days to create these antibodies, which means it takes time for the test to pick up on them.

Each STI has a different lag time between when you get it and when it will show up on a test.

  • You can test positive for gonorrhea or chlamydia in two weeks.
  • Syphilis can show up in one week or take three months to surface on a test.
  • HIV and Hepatitis B and C can show up as early as one month on a rapid test (the one that takes 20 minutes to get results), but in certain cases it can take six months to show.

Additional Health Tests & Procedures.

Some 30 million women in the United States have hereditary hair loss (compared with 50 million men), according to the American Academy of Dermatology, though that figure does not include the millions more who struggle with thinning hair because of pregnancy, menopause, stress and other health conditions.

Platelet-rich plasma showing promising results treating hair loss. The non-surgical procedure uses platelet-rich plasma known as PRP. PRP is taken directly from the patienta��s blood, then placed in a machine where it spins and separates. The platelets contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which help heal injuries. For years, platelet-rich plasma has been used to treat tendon injuries in famous athletes like Tiger Woods and Victor Cruz. But now, doctors are using the healing properties to help regrow hair.

  • -Studies show PRP works best in thinning hair.

  • PRP Patients can expect 25-25% more growth and increased thickness in existing hair after treatment.

Currently Advanced Dermatology Associates is offering Free PRP Hair Restoration Therapy Consultation at 200 Central Park South, Suite 107. To scheduleA�your hair consultation, please contact:A�prp.advderm@gmail.com

The art of living your optimum health basically begins with the actions you’ve already embarked upon. Start living your best life today. The key to living your best life is being able to live knowingly in control of whatever condition of illness you may be facing. The sooner you can can take control and manage your medical being; theA�earlier you can become more successful at managing and keeping watch as they become serious threats to your health.

 

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Tighten Skin After Weight Loss

Battling loose skin after major weight loss and dieting?

Well, anyone who has lost a significant amount of weight knows that the weight loss itself is only half the battle. The war begins after the weight has fell off and the areas of loose skin begin to boldly appear.

Dona��t fret a�� wea��ve got your covered with some optimum skin care tips to attack that problematic post-weight-loss skin the natural way; before you venture out to seek out surgical or cosmetic alternatives.

Tips To Tighten Skin – Post Weight Loss

Lose Weight Gradually.

Most experts recommend aiming for 1 to 5 pounds per week, depending on your starting point. A�

Exercise To Build Muscle.

Replace the fat that once filled out your skin with lean mass by focusing your fitness routine on strength training, says Lori Shemek, PhD, author of How to Fight FATflammation! “You want the muscle to essentially replace the fat that is being lost to prevent loose or sagging skin,”

Practice Good Sun Protection.

If you spend any time outdoors, take the precautionary steps to reduce your exposure to the sun’s collagen-destroying UV rays. If youa��re exercising, plan your walk or run for the early morning or late in the day, when the sun is less scorching. Always wear a UV protection sunscreen as the fall and winter months have high levels of UV rays.

Eat Plenty of Colors.

Pile your plate with a rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables, which contain nutrients vital to skin health, Chipps says. Specifically, load up on vitamin A or lycopenea��a recent research review in Experimental Dermatology reports this antioxidant offsets damage from UV rays. (Try these 25 best foods for healthy skin.) You’ll find it in tomatoes, red peppers, and other rosy-hued veggies. Meanwhile, leafy greens and citrus fruits boast plenty of vitamin C, which helps build collagen, Chipps says

Stay Smoke-Free.

Toss your cigarettes and take an extra step away from any cloud of fumes you pass. Lighting up makes your skin less resilient. exposure to secondhand smoke raises levels of inflammatory proteins in your skin, reducing collagen levels and contributing to thin skin and wrinkles.

See an MD Dermatologist.

You may want to hold off for a face-lift or other surgical procedure until you’ve reached your ideal goal weighta��skin responds best to these operations from a “steady state.a�? A�Those minor in-office procedures can address troublesome areas once you’ve stopped losing the weight, Lawrence Jaeger says.

Speak with a dermatologist about radio frequency devices, which warm and expand collagen fibers to immediately improve your appearance while also stimulating new collagen production for longer-lasting results.

Tighten Skin After Weight Loss

Halloween Face Paint – How Toxic Is It?

Halloween is next week and the costumes are already in place to be adorned by children and adults. Halloween face-paint is all the rave. Itai??i??s the art of creation that makes any relationship with a makeup artist, a very prized one. But just how safe is the paint youai??i??re about to smear all over your little oneai??i??s and your own face?

Halloween Face Paint – Trick, Treat or Toxic.

If youai??i??re using face paint to add to your look this Halloween, itai??i??s important to make sure youai??i??re choosing the right products to avoid any harmful effects or skin reactions.

According to a report in 2009 by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC), a national coalition of nonprofit groups working to eliminate harmful chemicals from personal care products.

After testing ten major kids face paints sold in the US, the study found that all ten of the face paints tested contained lead.

Six out of the ten face paints tested contained the known skin allergens, nickel, cobalt and/or chromium, at levels far exceeding the recommendations of industry studies.

Yes, the amounts were low ai??i?? but, as Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) points out, thereai??i??s no safe level of lead exposure, which is why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends protecting children from it.

Unfortunately things havenai??i??t changed since then in the industry, as a recent report by (CSC) ai???Pretty Scary 2: Unmasking Toxic Chemicals in Kidsai??i?? Makeupai??? was spearheaded by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and released by the Breast Cancer Fund and the California Public Interest Research Group. The report comes courtesy of the Breast Cancer Fund (BCF), which sent 48 different Halloween face paints to an independent lab to have them tested for the presence of heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, and mercury. Nearly half the paints had trace amounts of at least one heavy metal, and some contained up to four different ones. Paints with dark pigments were more likely to contain heavy metals ai??i?? and at high concentrations.

The report says that of the 48 Halloween face paints tested, 21 had trace amounts of at least one heavy metal and some had as many as four. Lead was found in nearly 20 percent of the paints and cadmium in nearly 30 percent.

Lead is linked to learning disabilities and developmental problems in children and cadmium is linked to breast, kidney, lung and prostate cancers, according to the report.

 

No Regulation On Makeup.Ai??

So, how and why are these harmful products permitted in face paint, even though lead has been banned in regulated products like house paint for decades?

Unfortunately make-up is not regulated. The law does not require cosmetic products and ingredients, other than color additives, to have FDA approval before they go on the market.

Therefore the consequences of lead exposure are serious and rampant. The California Department of Public Health Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch website states that lead poisoning can harm a childai??i??s nervous system and brain when they are still forming.

  • – Lead can lead to a low blood count (anemia).
  • – Small amounts of lead in the body can make it hard for children to learn, pay attention, and succeed in school.
  • – Higher amounts of lead exposure can damage the nervous system, kidneys, and other major organs. Very high exposure can lead to seizures or death.

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TheAi??Safest Options.

Since all of the face paints CSC tested contained lead, and none of the metals they found were listed on the ingredient labels, the CSC actually recommends avoiding Halloween face paint altogether until safety standards are put in place. CSC urges parents that, if they do choose to use face paint, they keep it away from kidsai??i?? mouths and hands so they donai??i??t ingest it.

  • Go Natural:Ai??Homemade is the way. Make your own dyes and colors. The CSC has provided some DIY recipes using food or natural food coloring on their website.
  • “Say No” To Paint Kits:Ai??Donai??i??t use paint kits. Professional face paint is actually cosmetic makeup that is made with ingredients that are safe for use on the skin. Halloween face paint kits often contain dyes or color additives that are not FDA-compliant.Ai??Never use craft paint, acrylic paint, markers or pens on the skin, which can cause an allergic reaction and can be very difficult to remove. Use cosmetic makeup products will come off easily using only soap and water.
  • Do a Patch Test (Skin Allergy):Ai??Patch testing may help to find the cause of allergic contact dermatitis.Whenever you use a new makeup product on yourself or your child, you should always do a patch test to check for sensitivity. ai???Non-toxicai??? doesnai??i??t mean it wonai??i??t cause a skin reaction. Take a small amount of the product and apply it on the inside of your elbow. Watch for any kind of immediate reaction after about 20 minutes or so.
  • Wash Off With Soap & Water:Ai??Most of the times face paint products wash off with mild soap and water. For best results, remove with a high quality baby wipe or baby shampoo, water and a wash cloth.Ai??Avoid using low cost baby wipes, as these can be irritating to young children’s skin.
  • Moisturize Your Skin Post-Removal To Avoid Irritation:Ai??To reduce your chances of any skin irritation, breakout or redness, Alice and Pressler believe that itai??i??s best to prepare you face and body before even applying the paint to begin with. Make sure that the makeup is put on to clean, dry skin and steer clear of painting over any wounds or rashes.
  • Also be sure to include a smoothing on a gentle skin moisturizer post-removal. ai???You can use Olay, Burtai??i??s Bees or something from a health foods store. If youai??i??re skin is really irritated, try an ointment like Lucas PaPaw,ai???

Hand Sanitizer – Know the Difference| Best, FDA Approved

Washing hands with soap and water is the best method for controlling germs. Regular hand-washing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. It’s quick, it’s simple, and it can keep us all from healthier according to the CDC.

However, access to water and soap arena��t always as convenient.

So, what does one do when therea��s no soap or water?

The first step is understanding the different types of hand sanitizerA�. Then ita��s realizing that some hand sanitizers may actually lower your resistance to diseases by killing good bacteria, which helps protect against the bad bacteria.

Three Types of Sanitizers:A�Know the Difference.

There are three categories of hand sanitizers in the current marketplace: alcohols, Quaternary ammonium compounds and triclosan.

The most common alcohol-based products contain ethanol, which are effective against gram positive, gram negative, and fungal organisms. It should be recognized that ethanol does not kill bacterial spores and some developedA�viruses. Ethanol purpose is to take away proteins in infectious organisms and no resistance to this type of hand sanitizer has been identified.

The second type of hand sanitizer is based on Quaternary ammonium compounds, such as benzaklonium chloride or benzethonium chloride. While the ethanol-based hand sanitizers are flammable, the Quaternary ammonium compounds are not. Quaternary ammonium compounds fungistatic, bacteriostatic against gram-positive bacteria, and bacteriostatic against some gram negative bacteria. Like ethanol, the Quaternary ammonium compounds are not active against non-enveloped viruses.

Some species of Staphylococcus aureus carry a gene that allows resistance to Quaternary ammonium compounds. These organisms are also more likely to be antibiotic resistant, as well. Quaternary ammonium compound hand sanitizers may not be the best choice due to methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a concern. Quaternary ammonium compounds adsorb to the cytoplasmic membrane of microbes causing leakage of cytoplasmic contents.

The third type of hand sanitizers contains triclosan. Triclosan is a commonly used antibacterial in a wide variety of products including deodorant soaps, toothpastes and mouth washes. Triclosan kills organisms by damaging the cell membrane, but has weak activity against gram-negative bacteria, such as Pseudomonas. A�However, the The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says triclosan could also carry unnecessary risks. Triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. Overexposure to antibiotics or improper antibiotic use can lead to bacterial resistance, making it more difficult or even impossible to treat.

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Enter Toxic Chemicals:

If your hand sanitizer is scented, then it’s likely loaded with toxic chemicals. Companies aren’t required to disclose the ingredients that make up their secret scents, and therefore generally are made from dozens of chemicals.

  • Synthetic fragrances contain phthalates, which are endocrine disrupters that mimic hormones and could alter genital development.
  • You should also look out for parabens, which are in many skin care products. They are used to preserve other ingredients and extend a product’s shelf life.

When Is Hand Sanitizer the Preferred Choice?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol-based hand sanitizers are recommended as an acceptable alternative to soap and water in hospital and clinic-like settings because healthcare professionals often perform duties in sterile settings and are required to clean their hands constantly throughout day.

With all the many choices available, the ethanol based hand sanitizers are the most practical for the dermatologist to use on a daily basis. Due to the facts that the chance of organism resistance to ethanol based hand sanitizers is the lowest and they are very cost effective. However, the main problem is their tremendous drying effect on the skin resulting in hand dermatitis. This is a secondary problem that must treat in themselves and patients!

Your Best Choice.

To properly sanitize the hands, soap and water for 20 seconds (a�?Happy Birthdaya�? repeated twice) should be the first method. A hand sanitizer can not and should not take the place of proper cleansing procedures with soap and water.

But when therea��s no soap or water? Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

So, when you go to reach for your next drop of hand sanitizer, just consider that you may be doing more damage than good.

Three Areas to Restore Youth & Vitality Using Dermatology

Youth-restoring Dermatological treatments used to be all about the face and hands, but thata��s a thing of the past. Now, you can improve body parts once previously ignored by the anti-aging industry. In addition to your face, hands and feet, do you know there are others areas where Dermatological Treatment can help restore your youth and vitality? A�

Three Areas To Restore Youth & Vitality – Using Dermatology Treatment.

I. Split & Torn Earlobes:A�

  • The Causes –A�can vary depending on the case. Torn or split earlobes can happen as the result of continuous wearing of heavy earrings or can be a result of unfortunate accidents or incidents. More often earlobes get torn out as a result of pulling the earring with excessive force a�� ripping out of the earring.A�

Split earlobes are commonly presented to plastic surgeons and the recurrence rate is high.A�

As if you needed any video, but when it happens to Beyonce “Rips Ear”, the Queen BeyA� – The singer was performing for fans at her Tidal X: 1015 performance at theA�Barclays Center in New York on Saturday night, when one of her earrings (in her outfit, above) appeared to get accidentally torn from her ear, causing some bleeding. That’sA�proof enough that it can happen to the restA�of us.

Nickel allergy is another one of the most common causes of allergic contact dermatitis a�� an itchy rash that appears when your skin touches a usually harmless substance. This allergy is commonly associated with earrings and other jewelry used for body piercings and can be foundA�in many everyday items, such as coins, necklace clasps, watchbands and eyeglass frames.

Treatment & Remedy:A�Splits in the ear can be sewn up quickly. It’s also recommended that ears aren’t re-pierced near the scar; or that you wait at least six months before doing piercing again.

‘We often treat wrinkly earlobes as part of the cosmetic face lift,’ says Dr. Lawrence Jaeger. ‘An earlobe reduction can also be done as an individual procedure under local anesthetic. We make an incision where the ear meets the cheek, remove a bit of excess skin and tighten the area.’ Lawrence Jaeger, Advanced Dermatology Associates.

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II. Saggy Triceps:A�

  • The CausesA�- From our early 20’s, the collagen levels diminish throughout the body and we lose skin elasticity. TricepsA�are aged further as they are often exposed to sun. UV rays cause skin sagging, aging or sun spots.
    Another cause of sagging, especially under your arms, is excess weight gain or rapid weight loss. Surgery is an option; however loose, saggy skin can be treated through the help of your dermatologist.

Treatment & Remedy:A�Speak with your dermatologist regarding laser skin rejuvenation. Laser treatments heat up the underlying skin, forcing collagen production to increase and tighten the skin’s supporting fibers, according to Lawrence Jaeger, MD.

Several sessions may be required before results are noticeable; however, once they are obtained, the results are long-lasting.

III. Frown Lines & Hair Loss:

  • The Causes a�� Frown line dona��t happen by chance, but they are a result of aging. As of such, your entire appearance can change when you gain frown lines. Frown lines, appear as the skin on your forehead loses its collagen and elastin over time, which reduces it tautness and smoothness.

Regarding balding or hair loss, there are a variety of conditions that can result in the temporary or permanent loss. Some of those conditions can range from aging and medical (local infections ie fungal or syphilis) or allergic reactions to elements & metals

Nutrient Deficiency: deficiencies in nutrients that negatively affect the hair on your scalp can also lead to sparse or receding hair loss.
Aging: As you get older, your hair generally gets thinner and drier and hair loss gets more common.

Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema): a medical condition that might lead to thin eyebrows and affects about 20% of people in their lives. It’s an inflammation of the skin that creates itchy, red and swollen skin. Common among younger children.

Alopecia Areata: also called spot baldness; Is an autoimmune disease in which hair is lost from some or all areas of the body. Appears on the scalp first; as a noticeable bald spot.

Treatment & Remedy:A�One form type of treatment could be Botox or collagen injections in the area. Consider taking vitamins and supplements that include Biotin a�� Also known as vitamin H, biotin is one of the B complex vitamins that help the body convert food into energy.

For hair loss and treatments a�� PRP for Hair Restoration and applying a topical solution (drops) on the scalp a�� i.e. a�?ADA-5a�? Topical Solution , which is exclusively distributed through Advanced Dermatology Associates.

Other non-surgical options available, try seeking out creams that contain ingredients such as collagen– and elastin-boosting retinol or vitamin C ester, skin-hydrating hyaluronic acid, the antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid and SPF protection.

Restoring youth and vitality definitely requires implementing good resources a�� i.e. nutrition/diet, exercise & fitness, and even good sleeping/rest patternsa�� but with a little help from your Dermatologist, you can be on your way to experiencing a younger and more vibrant state of living a�� by boosting other areas of body other than your face, hands & feet. Schedule an appointment with your local board certified dermatologists to explore all the facts related to your specific health need.

As with any of your normal procedures, you should discuss your work-up and care with a designated physician, like New Yorka��s a�?leading dermatology groupa�? – Advanced Dermatology Associates and Lawrence Jaeger, MD a�� in Manhattan (200 Central Park South/Columbus Circle) and the Bronx.A�

Six Skin Care Myths – Debunked

 

Debunking The Myths About Your Skin

How do you know the information and advice you get about your skin is true? Skin care product brands spend millions marketing their products. Your friends probably have as much medical knowledge as WebMD.A�With so much misinformation out there, wea��re debunking six skin care myths.

6 Biggest Myths About Your Skin CareA�- Debunked.

Tanning is harmless:A�Exposure to ultraviolet light, UVA or UVB, accounts for 90% of the symptoms of premature skin aging. Both UVA and UVB radiation can cause skin damage including wrinkles, lowered immunity against infection, aging skin disorders, and cancer.

Acne is caused by what you eat:A�Acne is caused by overproduction of sebum (oil) and obstruction of the pores. The amount of sebum produced by the skin is regulated by hormones only, not food. This includes chocolate, greasy food, soda, and fast foods. These foods do not have any effect on the hormones that regulate sebum production.

Topical antioxidants reverse wrinkles:A�Free radicals play an important role in creating wrinkles. Therefore, it makes sense that antioxidants will make skin more youthful. Unfortunately, there are no good scientific studies that show what type of topical antioxidant is effective. This research is being conducted now, but it is still too early. Right now the only topical product that has been proven to improve wrinkles is Retin-A.

a�?All-naturala�? skin care products are best:A�What exactly does a�?all-naturala�? mean? Unfortunately, this term can mean just about anything, and cosmetics companies use it any way they want. All cosmetics and skin care products have synthetic ingredients in them. Because a skin care product is made from a plant does not mean that it is better for the skin than a product created in a lab.

Expensive skin care products are better than inexpensive ones:A�The cost of a skin care product or cosmetic is absolutely NOT an indicator of effectiveness. The consumer industry would like people to believe that more expensive product have some special ingredient in it that makes it more effective. However, there are many products in every category that are effective and dona��t come with a high price tag. a�?Retinol is one of thema��so much science has been done on the value of it. Vitamin C and Vitamin A, have all been proven by science to work.

Men dona��t have as many skin problems as women:A�Untrue, men wrinkle as much as women and they get skin conditions such as acne, seborrhea, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis just like women. Men also have additional concerns surrounding facial hair. It can be argued that men dona��t use sunscreen and protect their skin properly.

Six Biggest Myths About Your Skin Care. (Advanced Dermatology Associates & Dr. Larry Jaeger)

What is the Link Between Breast Cancer and Dermatology?

Link between breast cancer and dermatology is melanoma. Breast Cancer Awareness.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A�Breast cancer is the second most common formA�of cancer in women.A�About 1 in 8 women born today in the United StatesA�has aA�chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer at some time during her life. You may be wondering a�?But what does breast cancer have to do withA�dermatology?a�?A�What is the link between breast cancer and dermatology?

As a matter of fact, there is a direct correlation between breast cancer andA�melanoma. For many years, there has been only speculation as to

why the two cancers are linked.

According to a study by theA�Irish Journal of Medical Science, there is a strong association between breast cancer and melanoma. A�Women with breast cancer have an increased risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, and women with melanoma are at a higher risk for developing breast cancer.

a�?In general, patients with melanoma or otherA�skin cancersA�are always at higher risk of developing other malignancies,a�? Dr. Murphy commented. a�?But this is about a fourfold increase, which raises the possibility of a genetic predisposition linking the two cancers.a�?

The four-fold increase gives a greater likelihood of the two cancers being linked by a genetic predisposition. Additionally, it is found that women under 50 with breast cancer are at a higher risk of melanoma as are breast cancer patients who have been treated with External Radiation Therapy

The Irish Journal of Medical ScienceA�study corroborates the findings of journals such asA�Annals of Oncology and Breast CancerA�Research and Treatment, which reported that breast cancer patients have between 1.4 and 2.7 times the risk of developing melanoma. In addition, TheA�International Journal of CancerA�noted that female melanoma patients have a 1.4 times greater chance of developing breast cancer.

a�?All of these studies reinforce the importance of routine breast cancer exams for melanoma patients and annual skin exams for breast cancer survivors,a�? said Perry Robins, MD, President ofA�The Skin Cancer Foundation. a�?It is particularly alarming for young women as melanoma rates are increasing rapidly among this demographic.a�?A�MelanomaA�is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old. Women under the age of 39 have a higher probability of developing melanoma than any other cancer except breast cancer.

The Foundation recommends that high-risk patients undergo an annual full-body skin screening by a physician. And self-exams are just as important, coupled with the practice of rigorous sun protection methods. Performed regularly, self-examination can alert you to changes in the skin and aid in the early detection of skin cancer.

On behalf ofA�Dr. Lawrence JaegerA�and the medical staff at Advanced Dermatology Associates, wea��re concerned about your overall health. As the leading Dermatologist provider network in New York City, we strongly encourage both men and women to educate themselves with the proper knowledge and to seek the necessary medical care for decreasing the incidences of breast & skin cancer.

Visit Dr. Larry Jaeger and theA�Advanced Dermatology AssociatesA�at 200 Central Park South a�� Suite 107 in Central Park South/Columbus Circle neighborhood of Manhattan; or in the Bronx (Grand Concourse,A�Parkchester,A�Co-Op CityA�andA�Third Avenue) or contact us at (212) 262-2500 or toll-free at 800-545-7546 (SKIN) to schedule yourA�appointment.

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Managing Acne – Skin Care Tips

Managing Acne

Acne can be a cause of discomfort and anxiety for teenagers and adults. There are a number of ways that you can manage your acne so that your symptoms are lessened, or the condition disappears. Talk to a dermatologist near you to find solutions and acne treatment options today.

Acne Signs

Many people think that acne is just pimples. But a person who has acne can have any of these blemishes:

  • – Blackheads.
  • – Whiteheads.
  • – Papules.
  • – Pustules (what many people call pimples).
  • – Cysts.
  • – Nodules.

Acne can appear on the back, chest, neck, shoulders, upper arms and buttocks.

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Acne Skin Care Tips:

Wash Your Face Regularly
If you suffer from acne, you should wash your face twice a day. Even if you dona��t wear makeup, the oil, sweat, and dirt on your face can combine to clog your pores and cause breakouts. Your dermatologist may recommend a medicated facial cleanser and lotion for you. Otherwise, use a mild cleanser that specifies that it is noncomedogenic. Be gentle when cleaning your skin, as scrubbing can irritate your skin, resulting in more breakouts. If your skin tends to be dry and flaky, talk to your dermatologist about exfoliating. Dry skin can lead to cracked skin, bacteria growth and acne.

Regulate Your Diet
Certain foods can increase your blood glucose level, causing your body to produce more insulin. An overabundance of insulin in your body may stimulate your oil glands or lead to the growth of pore-clogging cells. You may suffer from fewer acne breakouts if you eat a diet rich in vegetables, beans, and whole grains, and cut sugar, white flour, pasta, and white rice from your diet. Drinking more water can also hydrate your skin and flush out toxins that can cause acne.

Get More Sleep and Exercise
Getting more sleep and more exercise can reduce your stress levels. Stress hormones can increase the production of glucocorticoid in your body, leading to skin structure and skin function abnormalities. Regular exercise also improves your circulation, causing your body to send more oxygen to your skin cells, and eliminating cell waste.

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